Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich malty scent that's bold with plenty of warmth. It's also loaded with plenty of hops; a fine balance. The taste is great as well. It has a damn good malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and full of hops. This is full bodied brew with tons of taste and adequate carbonation. This is another quality brew from Stone; an excellent way to celebrate 10 years. Cheers
03-08-2007 21:16:18 | More by WesWes
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours with a frothy, fairly good lasting, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that is a mix of finally beaded bubbles and ones that are a bit bigger. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, darkish amber color that shows a lightly, ruby hued, amber color when held up to the light. Initially the aroma is a massive hit of candied fruit. Notes of mandarin orange oranges in syrup (straight from the can) mix with notes of lychee, juicy fruit and sweet tangerine. A touch of menthol like pine barely is able to peek through all of the massive hop fruitiness. This beer is really sweet smelling, though it is mostly hop derived, but I am sure the malt character contributes to the sweetness. All in all this is a very smooth, yet massively hoppy aromatic brew.
Quite sweet up front, this is quite thick on the palate as well, or at least thick for an IPA or even Double IPA. The massive fruitiness of the aroma is definitely in the flavor as well. Perhaps it is not as sweet as the aroma seems, but it is still fairly sweetly fruity seeming. Candied fruit is still an apt descriptor; notes of lychee soaked in syrup are quite prominent, as well as notes of mandarin orange, and candied grapefruit peels. Starting somewhere in the middle is a light pine note that carries through to the finish, though it is mostly drowned out by the amped up fruit notes. This has a nice light lingering bitterness. I only say light because of the massive malt induced body and hop / malt induced sweetness, which tends to mitigate the otherwise ample bitterness.
This is a hop combination which is quite enjoyable, it really reminds me a whole lot of the Brewers Den Uwe's hop glow Triple IPA. I think that edges this one out though, and since I encountered that first, this does not quite seem as original. It is still quite tasty and I really like how smooth, yet incredibly hoppy this beer is. I must say that this is quite tasty though, and is definitely a huge step up from the 9th Anniversary ale.
08-26-2006 04:50:01 | More by Gueuzedude
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, about 1 and 1/2 years old at time of tasting, I'm estimating,
A: Pours a pale brown, amber, if you will, with a small white head, with some lacing into a pint glass.
S: Pine hops, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol and brown sugar.
T: As Gabe described, this beer, at this point in its evolution, is a lot more like a barleywine than a Double IPA. There is a major malt character that wasn't there before, when this beer was a hop bomb in 2006. Nice caramel and toffee flavour arises after aging, this is the major character, good, solid pine and citrus character from the hops. It's molded into a beer that's reminiscent of English Strong Ale, quite complex.
M: Smooth, resiny, oily, medium-bodied, nice hoppy feel in the mouth and in the aftertaste.
D: A nice, drinkable beer from Stone. It is interesting to see how this beer evolves from year to year. Hopefully, I'll be able to try it next year.
12-27-2007 04:40:29 | More by Halcyondays
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that last quite a while. Some light lacing develops during the session.
Smell: Oh baby. Tons of pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol. Makes you want to sip it immediately.
Taste: big malty caramel backbone balanced with loads of sharp and dry bitterness, grapefruits, green grapes, and honey. The alcohol is clearly evident and provides a warming feeling with each sip. Big and bold flavors here.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness stick to the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.
Drinkability: the noticable alcohol warns you to not over indulge in this great beer. But then again, you should enjoy the few bottles you probably got your hands on over different evenings.
09-16-2006 21:11:34 | More by Gavage
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
10/22/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle, Fall 2006 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Darker copper-amber colored pour. Full inch plus white and thick head. Very small tight knit bubbles. Patches, spots and streaks of lace left.
Smell- Sugary sweet grapefruit and pine hops. Very earthy toasted caramel malt backing. All around very nice meld.
Taste- Super caramel malt background. Perfect roasted malt flavor. Hops then explode with a nice and sweet grapefruit oil flavor. Also seems sticky sweet with a taste of pine sap. Yummo!
Mouthfeel- Thicker and sugary caramel mouth coating. Medium, maybe a bit higher carbonation level.
Drinkability- Leave it to Stone! Probably the most well rounded DIPA's I have had. It's both a malt and hop bomb. It almost tastes like a combo barleywine and DIPA. Reminds me a lot of Speakeasy Old Godfather with a bit less caramel and more flavorful hops. Quite a delicious brew. Highly recommended. I'm fortunate to have a 3 Liter of this to share in a few weeks in celebration of my first child.
03-11-2007 18:27:04 | More by GClarkage
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Much thanks to egajdzis for opening up the latest Stone creation. Those of us who know Eric, know that he's one of the biggest Stone fans out there and always grabs the latest offerings. Split the bomber, while I continued to be cleaned out playing roulette...
Appears an opaque amber with a foamy, bubly off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuits, caramel, grassy, herbal notes, rich, piney hops with citrus. There is a little bit of Ruination being evoked in this beer with it's intense aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet and bitter notes all over the place. Sweet, woody, bready, sourdough-esque.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bready, sweet, sugary, and bitter.
09-05-2006 17:10:24 | More by weeare138
3.4/5 rDev -20.6%
I'm going to have to call over-rated on this one. It was a nice brew, but overall tasted like a bitter fruit salad. There was a sizable sweetness that I've seen in some DIPA's but dont particularly like. There was a mix of orange, grapefruit, and lemon flavors, but it didn't come off as complex to me. Actually reminded me a bit of the big hoppy beers from Avery which a good, strong brews, but cheaper. If I'm going with Stone I'll stick to the Ruination and Arrogant Bastard.
03-03-2007 06:48:51 | More by tempest
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a sslightly hazy dark golden/medium amber with very littl head and some spotty lacing. The smell is surprisingly faint, but there are notes of orange citrus and cherries as well as an underlying beeswax aroma. The flavor is more powerful and trhe beer has become somewhat integrated by now. No notes of dominant alcohol, but the hops have faded slightly into a waxiness. Somewhat grainy and with plenty of sweet malt, orange and grapefruit, and almonds as well as the beeswax again. Slick mouthfeel with some creaminess there as well. Coats the mouth, but its not sticky or unpleasant. Pretty drinkable at this point, but obviously one to be carefful of with the abv what it is. This beer seems a little more integrated than some of the big hoppy Stone's I've had while still retaining some of its hop proffile.
02-23-2007 00:43:23 | More by Georgiabeer
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottled version, purchased at New Beer in NYC, nice looking bottle, but I'm a sucker for the whole Stone scheme of things. Anyway, this much anticipated treat was poured into a worthy chalice and upon examination revealed itself to exhibit the following characteristics:
A- pours pretty tame/typical almond amber, pretty clear, golden hues, the head is tan, tiny bubble and not particularly long lasting. This one leaves moderate, thick and scattered lacing.
S- Plentiful sniffs of grapefruit rinds, oranges, candi sugar, and "some" alcohol, ha!
T- More grapefruit, brandy, vanilla, honey, gin, hoppy oils. This brew is fresh, big, bold and brash. DIPA, to the core
MF- smooth, large and inviting, this one just says, "drink more of me"
D- A treat to sip, the 10% quickly going to my head, it will be a sad day when this one is but a memory.
Overall, this is heady, stunningly tasty brew, great job STONE, why not make this one a regular player on the Stone team?
09-15-2006 21:35:28 | More by Billolick
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
A tulip glass served at the Blind Tiger's Stone 12/12/12/12 day. Yes, this is the 10th Anniversary.
A: The ale has a brilliant amber color, showing off bright highlights when daylight pours through it. There is little head but thie beer doesn't need a head to shine.
S: The nose is American barleywine, full of thick grains and equally (if not greater) hops. The vinous scents wafting off the glass are incredible; the year has done wonders for the overall aroma even if it diminished the hops.
T: A sip, so exquisite! Thick malts emerge, struggling with thick hops for attention. This beer has taken on a new dimension, losing some hop kick but picking up a deliciously thick grainy body. The flavors have taken on a barleywine-like profile, with the intensity of the malts finally managing to equal the intensity of the hops. Further sips reveal that the hops are still a presence, adding a piney sweet flavor that seems to be full of sugars. The bitterness from those hops has eroded a bit but it still leaves a lasting presence.
M: Oh so delicious, this keg has withstood the test of time. The flavor profile has evolved but will not disappoint a fan of the original creation.
D: The intense flavors make more than a glass or two difficult, but if you happen to stumble across this beauty on tap, by all means get a glass. The dimensions that the beer has taken are impressive.
12-13-2007 14:22:54 | More by akorsak
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
This beer is a burnished orange brown in the glass with not much head formation. I poured this a little cold at first but after about five minutes this becomes a crystal clear shade of dark amber.
Extremely rich aroma from the glass. Strong hop aroma as expected, this is much like the best Double IPAs. Sweet with a lot of hop aroma this is sensed as mostly tropical fruit. The scents of pineapple and mango are the strongest. A bit of pine and lots of grapefruit are detectable. Sweet to the nose I can't unravel the malt mix here is simply smells like pineapple juice.
Taste is spicy and full of melon flavor at the beginning. Melon flavor remains a major flavor but is joined with grapefruit and pineapple. Mango/peach joins the mix after a while along with mint and menthol.
Outstanding drinkability. A new member of the best super IPAs in the world. In the same class as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught. I just happen to know where an under valued case of this is located, I must buy it.
10-08-2006 06:08:22 | More by Zorro
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, nice carbonation, the head was small creamy off-white, there is some small islands and sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy, some pines, and caramel. The taste is superb, hoppy, good dose of malts, citrus/piney, and some caramel tones, there is also a nice sweetness going on. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Nice chewyness as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one today, highly recommended.
09-23-2007 18:11:33 | More by Wasatch
3.98/5 rDev -7%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Labvel #5 of 10.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant tangerines and a touch of pine, with lots of underlying sweetness. Flavor is syrupy to start, but quickly overpowered by the immensely fruity yet prickly hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit limited just by the intensity of the flavors, at least for me. Probably this will not be such a problem after some subtle tongue-numbing sets in. Certainly an impressive beer for an impressive occassion.
11-14-2006 22:06:25 | More by ppoitras
3.35/5 rDev -21.7%
Cool bottle. Poured a light/medium brown nut color with a nice fluffly head. Some lacing.
Smell of hops and citrus, but not quite as strong as some other 2xIPAs i've had. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose.
Tasted of a regular IPA; hops, some grapefruit, passion fruit, some malt to balance the experience.
Felt oily and thin. Nothing special. Leaves a film and did not finish as crisp as others.
09-23-2006 15:36:24 | More by Mebuzzard
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a translucent yellow, some haze. Decent, rocky head. Explosive bouquet that boast a nearly overwhelming (if it weren't so appetizing) amount of tangy, floral hops. Flavours as citruisy but balanced well with a hefty malt bill to back it up. Alcohol smooths out the hop bitterness, and the flavour really hides the alcohol - the two play off eachother so well. Tremendous. Not too far off from their Ruination which we had prior to this, but I found I enjoyed this much more. What this has that makes it so spectacular is dimension. It is (to me, seemingly) as complex as IPA or DIPA's get. Sure there is a lot of hops, malt, big boozy body, but this posses something most* other DIPA's dont - complexity and dimension. What a pleasure!
11-10-2006 17:38:21 | More by biegaman
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a clear orange with some reddish hues, thick white head forms, nice lacing and stubborn head. Smell is sweet toffee, huge pine and floral hops, like the Stone I know and love, they never disappoint, some alcohol in the finish, couldn't stop sniffing this one, great complexity and balance. Taste is sweet up front, toffee, some grains, then hops, big West Coast floral and pine, nice play between the malts and the hops, some booze in the finish but it makes you appreciate this beast more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Didn't blow me away like I was expecting but was very nice, excellent craftsmanship. If I have it again I won't drink Ruination before. Thanks a lot biegaman!!
11-17-2006 23:22:38 | More by Viggo
2.63/5 rDev -38.6%
Slightly hazed orange-copper. Thin and creamy off white head. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, caramel malt and tropical fruits. Alcohol is the easiest to pick out. Taste starts out boozy and ends boozy. The Green Flash IPA I had before this was much more enjoyable. Hop traits in this are ghostly. I get a tropical fruit melange of sorts. But the alcohol overrides it all. Fussel-like in nature. To me this is what Arrogant Bastard would taste like if it were 15-20% a/v.
Hands down, my least favorite of their Anniversary beers. And not even in the same ballpark as their 5th Anniversary IPA.
03-10-2007 05:05:42 | More by Bighuge
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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